Blog#6:Closing blog

As our group worked on the final project, we realized the importance of PLN and social media. As a group, communication is very important for the essay. We divided our work and exchanged our ideas through social media. Social media makes communication between group members more convenient.

There is no doubt that PLN will help my professional development after the course. First of all, using PLN skillfully allows me to discuss professional knowledge with more people, which is helpful for my study. Second, after graduation, a good digital identity can help me find a satisfactory job. In fact, PLN can help me provide professional opportunities, but I will not rely on PLN. I think it’s my own ability is the most important.

Before this class, I thought PLN was not important, but now I have changed my mind. Through the study of this class, I have learned that PLN has a great influence on my development and the development of society. Social media is not only a tool for chatting, but more importantly, it can expand my interpersonal relationships and make me more competitive at work. I’ve come to realize that using PLN correctly can help me tremendously. If possible, I will try to bring my PLN from the local community to the global community to expand my personal relationships and career opportunities. But it will take a lot of work.


Social Media and Emerging Economies Technological, Cultural and Economic Implications – Chapter 5- From Information Society to Network Society: The Challenge

Final Project

EDCI 338 – Social Media and Personalized Learning

Final Assignment

Group 8 

University of Victoria

Table of Contents 


Personal learning networks (PLNs) are a group of people that discuss topics and share new ideas. Since the digital age, PLNs have expanded and can incorporate online interactions from around the globe. PLNs have become extremely valuable when used through social media platforms, which will be discussed throughout this paper. Another notable aspect of these learning networks is that individuals decide who is in their PLN. These connections are able to provide useful ideas and information that then can be beneficial towards personal learning objectives. For this paper, many different social media platforms will be discussed, however emphasis will be placed on Facebook. 

PLN & Social Media Platforms

Personal learning networks interact with social media platforms in a multitude of ways. Building a PLN is an effective method in growing and maintaining relationships, professionally or personally. With that said, social media platforms provide us the platform to create these connections. Platforms like Facebook have functionality that allows users to make connections, engage in dialogue, and share new ideas. Without social media platforms providing the ability to find new people and create a community, it would be extremely difficult to expand our PLN. Also, it’s important to note that many social media platforms allow users to select their interests which further helps in connecting with others.

Social media platforms provide an environment that advocates for sharing of ideas, materials, and resources. For example, Facebook empowers people to create groups and participate in sharing ideas, as well as have respectful discourse. Additionally, the platform has become much more than just connecting with friends, it bridges people together from anywhere in the world. Social media is the medium in which we represent ourselves in the digital world. In the digital age, connecting with people to grow our PLNs is seamless. 

How a PLN Should Be Created, Managed, and Engaged

When users create their own PLN on Facebook, the first thing is to know your interests and the direction you want to develop your PLN. For example, if you like to read, then you can do a relevant search from Facebook. When you enter into your learning community, you can develop your own personal learning network in the community and find friends. Even share your reading experience and other content related to your reading community with others. When you see someone in your community post a question and you know the answer, you can connect and interact with that person. Likewise, you can post your own reading experiences in your social accounts and share them in your reading community. The most important aspect of creating, managing and engaging in our PLN is communication. There is a sense of empathy between users in their own PLN community. This feeling is what allows you to progress and make your PLN more enriched. This is the main reason as to why our PLN is important.

Key Characteristics of Social Media Platforms

A notable benefit of Facebook is the connectivity it provides. Facebook has been able to set a precedent of being accessible anywhere at any time. Through movements in analytics, free internet basics, high-altitude connectivity, and more, Facebook is working to bring more of the world online (Bayern, 2018). The platform has many useful characteristics including a news feed, timeline, friend connections, messenger, and many more. All are created to further enhance the connection of their users as well as increase dialogue on thoughts and opinions surrounding any type of topic. Facebook is also a great platform to express your thoughts and receive useful feedback from a wide range of individuals. 

It’s important to highlight Facebook’s history of privacy issues. It is no surprise that Facebook has had a complicated history of data exploitation and unlawfully sharing data with third parties. Soon after the creation of Facebook, the social media platform has been under public eye and extreme scrutiny over the handling of user information. Another negative characteristic to mention would be censorship policies that have been enforced. Facebook has been found to suppress free speech and public communication that doesn’t fit the company’s ideology. This can be very dangerous as it silences the voices of individuals that have a right to free speech. If Facebook gives itself broader censorship powers, it will inevitably take down important speech and silence already marginalized voices (Eidelman, 2018). 

Features of Existing Media Technologies That Make Them Effective For Personal Learning

Facebook, being the largest social media network in the world, has a very large number of users. This also means that there are people with all kinds of different interests on Facebook. I think the most effective media technology feature in Facebook for individual learning is the ability for users to communicate and connect anywhere, anytime. Users create online learning communities in Facebook, “a group becomes a learning community when the members share a common vision that learning is the primary purpose for their association and the ultimate value to preserve in their workplace” (Jennifer, 2018). When users are in the same learning environment, they can communicate with each other to share and learn from each other. Although Facebook does not have a clear educational meaning like zoom or other digital media, it allows students to stay connected among various online learning communities. One outstanding feature of Facebook is its immediacy. When a user has a question, he can immediately send a query in the professional community and someone will reply soon. Facebook can be used not only as a social platform, but also as a platform for learning and communication. Especially in the period of online classes, facebook’s online learning community makes our personal learning more effective.

Ways That Technology Allows You to Enhance/Develop Your Digital Identity/Reputation

Since inception, Facebook has grown to be a leader in providing digital identity globally. Right now, 1.73 billion daily users access Facebook’s platform, an 11% increase year-over-year (Dean, 2012). Throughout the years, the platform has been able to create new ways of developing digital identity for its users. It’s important to note that other platforms deliver similar functionality for its users, however, Facebook takes it a step further. Digital Identity is central to Facebook’s functionality, because of that, the platform acquired Confirm, a identity verification startup. Facebook upping its identity game will have numerous benefits for its users. One in which users still get those aforementioned benefits but at the same time, maintain control and ownership over their digital identity, and in turn, their own destiny (GlobaliD, 2018). Facebook has created a user-friendly platform that is quite easy to connect with individuals in the online space. Every photo, post, comment, or share on Facebook is stored and reflects your digital identity from the moment of creating an account. Facebook is enabling the world to develop digital identity at an alarming rate. The chart below illustrates the number of monthly active users worldwide, an astonishing 2.7 Billion. 

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Social Considerations That Should Be Accounted for 

I think the social consideration we should take into account in Facebook is digital reputation. In our course, we have looked at whether social media can affect our future careers. When an employer searches your name on the internet, anything related to you will come up and change the employer’s perception of you. Likewise, when you post false information on Facebook it can also cause panic in some people because of what you say. Information travels very quickly on the internet and it is easy for small things to be magnified. This can have a negative impact on society if false content is seen by underage or elderly people. For example, if you have posted false information about Covid-19 on Facebook and your message misleads some users, and your employer later sees it, this could determine your acceptance. Because your digital credibility is bad, no employer will hire an employee who makes things up on social media. So I think the digital credibility of social media has a pivotal impact on social considerations.

Different Ways Technology Tracks and Uses Your Data

Tracking people through technology begins when people use apps to purchase items or drive to different locations. It obtains the information from these apps to obtain user’s credit card details and location details (Walster, 2017). They can even obtain information such as the users’ names, contact, photos, personal settings, and other activities within the app. Companies, later on, utilize this information for advertising purposes and to innovate for social good. They can use the information about the customers’ location, what they like, their preferences, and other information to develop personalized ads to market to other users.

Advertisers can collect all the credential information of the users through the digital footprints used by other companies. They then use cookies and other tracking elements to track people and get them into purchasing their products. For instance, suppose a person uses different devices in a similar location and accesses the same websites or social media accounts. The gadgets can be tied down to the innovative profile (Walster, 2017). Other companies can then utilize this information to advertise to other customers who may like the same things as the one for the user. Ultimately, data collectors establish large databases with customer profiles to use for future references. They can continue using this information even without the knowledge or consent of their obtained information.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Privacy, Security, and Acceptable Use Policies for Social Media Platforms 


Data privacy has several strengths. First, it protects and secures private information. Second, it safeguards valuable information like financial statements and business transactions (Walster, 2017). Third, it improves the quality of stored information and that used during transactions. Fourth, it decreases the risk of financial losses. Finally, it prevents companies from data theft and information breaches. On the weaknesses, poor data privacy options lead to a lack of customer confidence in the company. Second, it is expensive and difficult to maintain. Third, it needs organizational and technical measures to protect unlawful data processing within organizations.

Strengths and Weaknesses of Security

Information security leads to adequate protection of computer systems against malware, firewalls, and viruses. Second, it mandates employees to set sophisticated passwords difficult to crack (Bertot, 2012). Third, it protects the users from copyrights, patents, and trademarks under information security law. Contrarily, security has risks that could be detrimental to users and organizations. First, it is expensive to implement. Second, a security breach could cost devastating damages to the users. Third, it suffers from a lax attitude to protect and update software oftentimes.

Strengths and Weaknesses of Acceptable Practice

Some strengths of AUPs include holding users accountable, using rules for all users, and easier development in different situations. However, AUPs are not realistic on the weaknesses, especially if the AUP is not carefully established. Finally, a hacker could potentially determine a loophole to an information breach.

Examples of Individuals Who Have Used a PLN to Become Leaders in a Field of Interest, and Their Presence in the Platform

PLN can use many social software as the carrier, such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok. One of my favorite bloggers on TikTok is Little A. In fact, she has two digital identities, as she has two accounts on TikTok with a total of four million followers. Her two digital identities have very different styles. One of the digital identities is named Little A with no place to put. She often uses this digital identity to share some interesting things in life, and it is also her first digital identity. Another digital identity is called Study Finance with Little A. She uses the digital identity to share her investing experiences, recommend funds to her followers and communicate with others about money management. With her second account, Xiao A became the leader of investment in TikTok and gained A large number of fans.

Building your reputation and influence on social media platforms is not an easy task. TikTok is a popular social media platform with a large number of active users. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to build a reputation on TikTok. In the beginning, Little A had only one digital identity: Little A with nowhere to put it. She has gained some followers by her appearance, but this can not prove that she has established influence, she was not satisfied with the current situation. After that, she began to experiment with new styles. Eventually, she established her second digital identity: Study Finance with Little A. I think it’s a very successful digital identity. Little A resonates with others by sharing his investment experience. At the same time, they will also use humorous language to talk about investment knowledge and share their profit and loss status. This makes people think that following her can not only learn investment knowledge, but also be very interesting. Finally, Little A gained A large number of followers with her second digital identity and built her own reputation and influence. In fact, Little A has A digital identity with media literacy, and she always puts the interest of the content in the first place. But she didn’t lose much factual information because the fun of her videos came from her humor. I think this is the main reason for the success of her digital identity.

Measuring the Success of Your PLN

The success of your Personal Learning Network can be determined by many factors. Provided below are screenshots of Omar’s professional PLN and how he measures success. For this section, it will primarily be focused on Omar’s professional network within Twitter & Linkedin.  

Figure 2. Omar’s Linkedin

Figure 3. Omar’s Twitter Followers

The first measure of success is having a PLN that incorporates people that have a wide range of perspectives, ideas, and experiences. As you can see above, Omar’s PLN heavily focuses on the Health Informatics community. Omar currently has 75+ connections on Linkedin, and follows governing bodies on Twitter in order to stay engaged on the current landscape of Health Informatics in Canada. Throughout school and work, Omar has been able to create lifelong relationships in which he can provide his ideas, but his connections can do the same. Another important measure of success is actively being engaged within your community and providing your perspective. It’s not enough to simply retweet or like a post, it’s about providing insight in hopes of sparking additional thoughts or even dialogue among individuals in the community. Fundamentally, a PLN should empower individuals to discuss and share new ideas, but that doesn’t start without personal engagement. Similarly, without people who contribute, a PLN would stagnate quickly. So, when developing a social networking presence don’t lurk, actively participate (Green, 2020). Another important aspect that creates a successful PLN is the devotion to learning. Throughout EDCI 338, PLN’s have been the main focal point in not only being a method of communicating but also a learning network. A successful PLN can be described as an individual taking ideas and expanding on their existing knowledge. It’s important to understand that PLN’s are not solely for interaction but more so the repercussions of those interactions, and how we can further expand our comprehension of a subject. With that said, many platforms allow anyone to create a PLN, but it’s the actions of the individual that make a PLN meaningful.


Now being at the end of the course, it’s quite evident that PLNs play such an important role in our digital identity. Being able to connect with individuals and share ideas is very valuable. Especially during the pandemic, we found that these connections not only can be learning experiences, but also a simple way of creating connections during hard times. For that reason, we find PLNs extremely versatile in what they have to offer. Additionally, one point we found very interesting is that every personal learning network is different. The personalization of PLNs allow people to differentiate themselves and make their content unique. We found this point to be central in what creates an effective PLN. Lastly, we found that without engagement, a PLN will never be utilized to its full potential. Engagement and collaboration is key when deciding to create or maintain a personal learning network.


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Bertot, J. C., Jaeger, P. T., & Hansen, D. (2012). The impact of policies on government social media usage: Issues, challenges, and recommendations. Government information quarterly, 29(1), 30-40.

Dean, B. (2012). Facebook Demographic Statistics: How Many People Use Facebook in 2021?

Eidelman, V. (2018). Facebook Shouldn’t Censor Offensive Speech.

GlobaliD. (2018). Facebook’s bet on digital identity and why it matters.

Green, C. (2020). Personal Learning Networks: Defining and Building a PLN.

Jennifer C, Mitchell P, Sue G, Peter F & Vicente R (2018) Student-initiated Facebook sites: nurturing personal learning environments or a place for the disenfranchised?, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 27:4, 459-472, DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2018.1507924

Walster, D. (2017). Information policy and social media: Accept or decline. TechTrends, 61(3), 301-307.

Blog#5:How does a PLN give power to messaging for an individual or community?

– Community communications go beyond blogs and social media shares, how does a PLN help and hinder the development of thoughts and ideas in discourse?

Community communication can sometimes be more efficient than blogs and social media, but it can also slow down the spread of information. It’s up to us to get the message out to the right community. In fact, each community has its own theme. If a post about celebrity gossip is published in the educational community, the information will spread slowly, because the people in the educational community will not be interested in celebrity gossip. Similarly, if the right information is delivered to an active community, it will spread quickly.

– How does the use of PLN raise awareness opportunities?

PLN can raise awareness opportunities. We can get information and knowledge from many different sources, and PLN is a great way to do that. An active community with many people involved in the discussion gives us more opportunities to learn from other people’s ideas. Different people see things in different ways, which allows us to see things from multiple perspectives. So it can raise awareness opportunities.

– What is the role of social media in education – whether it be classroom or community discourse?

In fact, social media has been a great help in education. First of all, communication between students is essential in education. In group work, communication among students can effectively improve students’ communication skills and leadership. It is also important to communicate with teachers through social media, which allows students to ask timely questions. At the same time, many teaching resources are shared with students through social media. So social media plays an important role in education.

– What are some problems or risks to consider with social media communications when discussing topics that may be uncomfortable but reflect needed change?

Discussing uncomfortable topics on social media is always risky. First of all, our ideas will not be accepted by everyone, so we need to express our points of view with mild words, so as not to quarrel with others. Secondly, when we express our own opinions, we should not make comments that are harmful to the society. The Internet has a memory, and our every word leaves a mark on social media. Some wrong remarks may affect our future.


Education in a Connected Culture – Course YouTube Channel

Developing Personal Learning Networks for Open and Social Learning / Alec Couros- Chapter 6 – Page 128-129 & Page 137-138 in the PDF – (Page.114-115 & Page 123-124 in original text)

Blog#4:Balancing PLN, Media Literacy, & Public Discourse

-Consider how you would curate your social media with a critical public audience.

Jody Vance said, “social media complicates things but at the same time exposes your strengths as well”. So I had to be very careful when I was creating my digital identity. A good digital identity can make more people interested in learning about me, but it can also make many people criticize me. On the Internet, many people are picky. I can’t get everyone around me to like my digital identity, so I choose to minimize arguments with my critics and instead communicate with those who support me.

-Identify the risks and benefits of engaging with a public audience in a media space – what are the risks for a public figure or person in a position of trust (educator, lawyer, government official)?

When public figures interact with the public in the media space, there are advantages and disadvantages. Because public figures usually have great influence, people seldom participate in thinking about their opinions. For some members of the public, if they like a public figure, they may unconditionally support their opinion, and if they hate a public figure, they may unconditionally oppose it rather than considering whether it is right or wrong. So it is easy for public figures to change people’s minds directly when they are in contact with them. If the public figures’ opinions are right, it will do good to society, and vice versa.

-Consider how to best address negative replies and critiques reflective of your personal values and employer social media policy?

As for such negative comments, I will try to solve the problem with friendly communication, so that we can agree on the point of view.However, in most cases, it is difficult for people to agree through comments in the media space.Some people even post negative reviews not to express their opinions, but to show that they are different.I choose to ignore them.

-Open dialogues about media literacy and factual information can create conflict, why does this happen?

Open dialogues about media literacy and factual information can create conflict because they have different objectives. Media literacy is about making the information interesting and interesting to the public, while factual information is about putting the truth of the information first. Media literacy leads to fake news, which is contrary to factual information, so there is a conflict between media literacy and factual information.

-What is the benefit of having a PLN that values media literacy?

A PLN with media literacy can make the public more interested, make its information (whether true or false) more popular, and people will be more willing to participate in the discussion, which can make a PLN quickly become influential.


Media Literacy – Facts Matter – Julie Smith – Course YouTube Channel  

Media Voices – Jody Vance  – Course YouTube Channel

21st Century Skills – Learning for Life In Our Times Trilling, B & Fadel, C

Digital Literacy Skills – Media Literacy Chapter 4 pp.66

Blog#3:PLN, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

How does social media use in public discourse potentially challenge advocacy communications?

Public discourse has an important influence on social platforms. The public discourse on social platforms can allow people to exchange ideas with each other, but it may also transmit incorrect ideas to people. The comments section of YouTube videos, for example, can sometimes give people more insight into a video, and some inappropriate comments can also transmit misconceptions to people. So it’s challenging to use public discourse to advocate for communication on social media.

How diverse is your existing PLN?

Before starting my online course, my PLN was not diverse. In fact, I think the online course has allowed me to diversify my PLN. Before taking classes online, I didn’t often use social media to communicate with students or teachers. Communication was limited to email. However, after starting the online course, my PLN began to diversify. I not only use email to communicate with teachers and classmates, but also use Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Matter Most to communicate with teachers and classmates. These social platforms allow me to communicate more with my classmates. Discussion groups also make it easier for us to communicate.

In your PLN, are you learning from a variety of voices?

In my opinion, the biggest role of PLN is to learn from different voices. In my PLN, there are people from all over the world, and I can learn a lot by communicating with them. I can not only exchange course knowledge, but also feel different cultures, beliefs and customs.I think I can gain a lot by communicating with different people in PLN.

How does social media engage in advocacy communications?

In my opinion, communication is inseparable from social media. In today’s society, more and more people are using social media, and at the same time, social media has become the infrastructure of propaganda. Ubiquitous advertising is a good example. As a carrier, social media makes communication between people more frequent and convenient, which greatly accelerates the speed of publicity and communication. At the same time, social media allows you to make friends amplify your message. This is an essential part of communication.


One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion – Shelley Moore and Leyton Schnellert
Introduction (Page 6-10) & Part 1 (Page 11-12).

Media & Social Justice PDF in UVIC Library CHAPTER 4 – PDF Page 60 – Document Page 55 – A New Vision for Public Media Open, Dynamic, and Participatory – Jessica Clark and Patricia Aufderheide

BLOG POST #2: V&R MAP and reflection of the questions

●  What digital platforms are students currently using to develop their professional network?

Nowadays, students use lots of digital platforms to study, work, and social contact. For me, I most use Brightspace, ZOOM, Mattermost, YouTube, WeChat, LinkedIn, and Tik-Tok. Due to COVID-19, digital platforms become more and more important to us. I usually use Brightspace, ZOOM, and Mattermost to study. Watching YouTube and Tik-Tok is my way to entertaining. WeChat is my most used social tool. At the same time, as a student near graduation, Linkedln is helpful for me to find a job in my field of study.

●  What can you (as a student) consider to expand your professional learning network?

I think as a student, blog is a good way to expand the professional learning network. Every student can post their own ideas on the blog, read others’ ideas and communicate through comments. At the same time, it’s important to set up a good image on the digital platform. A good image will make others more willing to communicate.

●  In your network, how can you create a digital identity/reputation?

I think the most important thing in creating a digital identity is to stay close to life without giving away your privacy. We can post some daily photos, funny things in life on the digital platform. This will make others feel the authenticity of our digital identity, more willing to communicate with us, and it will also give us a digital reputation. However, it is also important for us to protect our privacy. We should avoid giving away important information such as our ID, mobile phone number and home address on digital platforms.

●  Consider what a local employer would do if you applied for a job with them – can they search the content, is it of benefit to the career path, does it hinder the opportunity of employment?

Every action we take on a digital platform leaves a trail. When we apply for a job, employers may search for us on digital platforms, such as Facebook. What we say on digital platforms affects how we are perceived by employers. So we have to be careful when building digital reputations on digital platforms. A good digital reputation can make us more competitive in the job market, while a bad digital reputation can cause us to miss out on valuable job opportunities.



Privacy, Ethics & Security in Digital Spaces Developing Awareness of Privacy Regan, P., & Jesse, J. (2019).

The Digital Visitor and Resident Continuum White. D. (2017).V and R Mapping. Retrieved from

Blog#1:Networks and Digital Identity

What does it mean to network using social media?

Social media means that we can socialize online, such as meet people from all over the world. We can also receive real-time news of the world through the network.

• How are we motivated to participate in networked publics?

With the advent of the information age, social media has become ubiquitous. Social media are indispensable for communication, study, and entertainment. In fact, a person who does not use social networks at all would not be able to study and socialize properly in today’s society. That makes us have to participate in network publics.

At the same time, social media is attractive to us. We can find any video we are interested in on YouTube, we can share our lives on Instagram, and we can make friends with people from all over the world on Facebook. That’s also the motivation we participate in network publics.

• What are the risks & rewards of public communications?

Public communication has both risks and rewards.

The reward is, public communication will speed up the transmission of information. For example, some of what we know comes from others’ sharing, and we also share what we know to others.

The risk is, it is inevitable that some statements will lead the unthinking person in the wrong direction. Such public communication sometimes involves political topics, which is not good. At the same time, social networks have memories. Speech posted in a digital identity will follow us. It is harmful to our privacy.

• What is a digital identity?

Digital identity can also be seen as a set of closely related data that records everything we do online and our privacy.

• How do personal versus professional approaches to digital identity affect social media use?

digital identities can reveal personal preferences to some extent. So depending on each person’s digital identity, the contents they received on social media will be different. This makes what we see on social media interesting to us.

For us personally, digital identities can also be accounts on different websites that allow us to conduct personal activities on social media sites.

• How do digital identities converge in networked publics – what are the impacts and/or benefits?

Our digital identities are most often used to create accounts across different social platforms. Digital identities are also becoming our online ID, helping us to work and do something else more easily. For example, paying tuition fees online uses our digital identities.

However, digital identity also brings risks, such as privacy leakage. The most common situation is the account stolen, and the credit card been stolen used. So what we need to deal with now is the problem of privacy leakage caused by digital identity.

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I am a senior majoring in economics. I come from China. My hometown names Yangzhou. I like reading books and playing video games. This course is very challenging for me and I hope to get a good grade.

Welcome and Introduction

Before proceeding with this first blog post, we expect you to consider your privacy preferences carefully and that you have considered the following options:

  1. Do you want to be online vs. offline?
  2. Do you want to use your name (or part thereof) vs. a pseudonym (e.g., West Coast Teacher)?
  3. Do you want to have your blog public vs. private? (Note, you can set individual blog posts private or password protected or have an entire blog set to private)
  4. Have you considered whether you are posting within or outside of Canada? This blog on is hosted within Canada. That said, any public blog posts can have its content aggregated/curated onto social networks outside of Canada.

First tasks you might explore with your new blog:

  • Go into its admin panel found by adding /wp-admin at the end of your blog’s URL
  • Add new category or tags to organize your blog posts – found under “Posts” (but do not remove the pre-existing “edci338” category).
  • See if your blog posts are appearing on the course website (you must have the the edci338 category assigned to a post first and have provided your instructor with your blog URL)
  • Add pages, if you like.
  • Include hyperlinks in your posts (select text and click on the link icon in the post toolbar)
  • Embed images or set featured images and embed video in blog posts and pages (can be your own media or that found on the internet, but consider free or creative commons licensed works). To embed a YouTube video, simply paste the URL on its own line.
  • Under Dashboard/Appearance,
    • Select your preferred website theme and customize to your preferences (New title, new header image, etc.)
    • Customize menus & navigation
    • Use widgets to customize blog content and features
  • Delete this starter post (or switch it to draft status if you want to keep it for reference)

Do consider creating categories for each course that you take should you wish to document your learning (or from professional learning activities outside of formal courses). Keep note, however, that you may wish to rename the label of the course category in menus (e.g., as we did where it shows “Social Media & PL” as the label for the “edci338” category menu.  This will enable readers not familiar with university course numbers to understand what to expect in the contents.

Lastly, as always, be aware of the FIPPA as it relates to privacy and share only those names/images that you have consent to use or are otherwise public figures. When in doubt, ask us.

Please also review the resources from our course website for getting started with blogging:

Test Social Media Post

This post  will appear in a few places:

  1. in the blog feed on the front of your website
  2. in the Learning Design menu on your website. This is because we have applied the “edci338” category to this post and the menu item “Social Media & Personalized Learning” has been created from the category “edci338.” For every post you make for this course, please assign the “edci338” category to it. You are welcome to use this blog for your personal hobbies or for other courses, in which case, you could create additional menu items and categories for them.
  3. if you give permission, your posts categorized “edci338” will be aggregated onto the Blog Feed on the EDCI 338 Course Website.

Feel free to delete this post once you understand this. If you have any questions, please reach out to your instructor.